Subscriber Peter H. wants to use an old router that has a print server built into it:
I want to ask a question. I have an old Linksys wired router. It also has a print server in it but uses a parallel port or a serial to connect to the printer. My printer is USB only. I’ve searched Google and many store websites but all answers assume I want to connect a USB port to a parallel printer. Can’t find anything to connect a parallel port output to USB. Do you have any comments? Many thanks and for your newsletter/blog.
I wrote back to Peter to tell him that I didn’t think he would be able to find an adapter.
The problem is that the USB connection is powered from the computer end — and his router is not going to be providing power via the parallel port.
THere’s another real problem though, the price/volume curve. There simply aren’t enough people needing adapters to go from a parallel port on a computer (or a router) to connect to a USB printer.
I almost gathered that. I wish there was some sort of USB server for this so I could get away with one printer but that seems unlikely too since I don’t have a network enabled printer. Ah well, such are the joys of computing technology. And trying to keep going with perfectly fine outdated equipment. My laser printer the HP1012 will have a problem with Win 7 since HP has decided not to write a driver for it since it was for home use not office use. I’m told a Vista driver may work but then I won’t be able to use the 64bit version of Win 7.
Muchas gracias senor.